Somewhere in Long Beach

20131111-105759.jpg Hipstamatic on iPhone 5 with my most used combo: Tejas lens + Blanko Freedom 13 film. I took this in California Heights area of Long Beach, California where the neighborhoods have the old street lamps and the streets themselves are still concrete. I walked through the tree-covered avenues to get to my junior high school. Many times, I chose to walk the 2 miles to get to school instead of getting a ride, that is, until I got a blue Schwinn beach cruiser in 9th grade. I wish I still had that cruiser. Cali Heights is one of the charming spots in Long Beach.

Old Cars & Old Pics

20130829-110526.jpgIt’s taken a couple of years of owning a pocketable device that let’s me take pictures at any time (yes, I’m talking about my iPhone) to re-realize that I like old cars. I’ve seen this 1962 Imperial Crown for years parked in the same spot in Long Beach for years and just got to capturing it today. I must think about cars more than I am willing to admit because when I get the urge to buy a 99 cent Hot Wheels car I tend to reach towards the older model cars. I must have a thing for things of the past because I photograph with Hipstamatic lenses and film on my iPhone, which is basically the mobile-software equivalent of a vintage camera. I definitely like cars from the 50’s and 60’s although I’m not old enough to remember the experience of living in that era. I did see a picture of me as a toddler standing inside a red interior of my dad’s first car, a white 1964 Ford Falcon. Wait a minute, when was the last time I saw a white car with a red interior?… Amazing! I would love to jump in a time machine and drop into a studio to watch and listen to designers working on their concept cars. That won’t happen, but least I can see the results of their dreams and ideas every now and then on a street curb.